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Argentina, Latin America's largest Spanish-speaking country, can seem overwhelming to visit because of its massive size and the resulting distance between tourist hot spots. However with a little planning, you can craft a perfect itinerary for exploring the magnificent wonders of this vast nation. Argentina has South America's highest peak at almost 7,000 m (22,900 ft), the tropical IguazĂş Falls of the north, the museums and culture of cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, excellent ski resorts in the Andes region, and the famous Patagonia and End of the World region with its arctic climate.

And while the secret's out, prices for tourism are still a pretty good bargain following several years of economic disaster and inflation. An above-average tourist infrastructure make Argentina an especially attractive South American destination.

Some spots not to miss on your trip to Argentina:

-- Buenos Aires is arguably the most beautiful capital city in Latin America, super hip nightlife, cafes on every corner and almost as many museums and cultural buildings.

-- IguazĂş Falls boasts 270 waterfalls rushing into a giant gorge on the tri-border of Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil which span over 2km of lush jungle and has waterfalls as high as 70 m (230 ft).

-- Mendoza is home to Argentina's wine region and certainly worth a trip. Aside from sipping fine Malbec, the city boasts an assortment of plazas and parks, gourmet restaurants, and an emerging arts scene. This funky atmosphere is craddled by white-capped mountains and fast moving rivers which serve as a playground for all the traveling outdoor enthusiasts attracted to this quaint city.

-- The ski resort at Bariloche near the Chilean border up in the Argentine Andes could almost compete with Swiss ski resorts... at least in breathtaking views! Other good resorts include Mendoza, Villavicencio and Las Leñas.

-- The Perito Moreno Glacier in Glaciers National Park is one of the few places on earth you can see an advancing glacier. Hike around this UNESCO World Heritage site and view the awesome blocks of ice collide and crash as the ice below melts in a setting of jagged mountains and southern beech forest.

--Cordoba is the second-largest city in Argentina and a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. It features some lovely colonial architecture, a university founded in 1613 and a good launching place for day trips in the area.







17 Mar 2010

Top Places to Visit in Argentina

Buenos Aires

101419For travelers who just can\'t decide – Buenos Aires really does have it all. It\'s sitting slap-bang between a distinctly Latin culture, with indigenous peoples, gauchos, and hot blooded ...
City
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Ushuaia

106605Surrounded by precipitous snow capped mountains jutting 1500 meters out of the Beagle Channel and vast expanses of unexplored nature, it’s hard to imagine a more dramatic setting for the world’s ...
City
Ushuaia, Argentina

Mendoza

103559Adventure sports in the snowcapped Andes, lazy days in the MaipĂş Valley, a growing gastronomic scene, artistically rich culture, and of course, fine wine, all make Mendoza possibly one of the top ...
City
Mendoza, Argentina

IguazĂş Falls

116966The richness of life rising up from the mists of IguazĂş Falls is a far cry from the bleak slabs of concrete overlooking the famous Niagara Falls. While the latter is infested with gawking ...
Region
Argentina

Bariloche

103614Altitude: 893 meters/2,930 feet, Populaiton: 130,000, Telephone Code: 02944) Visitors to Bariloche can be excused for a little bit of confusion. Did their flight from Buenos Aires somehow get ...
City, Major Attraction
Bariloche, Argentina

El Bolson

104650 Altitude: 340 meters/1,115 feet, Populaiton: 11,000, Telephone Code: 02944 In the 1970s, as part of an international movement to abandon city life for simple rural pleasures, young urbanites ...
City
El Bolson, Argentina

El Calafate

Sitting on Lake Argentino, El Calafate is your gateway to Los Glaciares National Park and the several nearby glaciers. About four hours northwest of Rio Gallegos, El Calafate is close to ...
City
El Calafate, Argentina

Salta

103902 Home to delicious regional cuisine, a wealth of historical sites and a thriving arts scene, Salta City is a vibrant, provincial capital of 500,000 inhabitants. Sitting high in the rolling Andean ...
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Argentina

CĂłrdoba

Altitude: 354 meters/1,155 feet, Population: 1,378,000, Telephone Code: 0351 (03543 Northern Zone) Deeply cultural and youthfully energetic, CĂłrdoba defies dichotomies of old and new to exist as ...
City
CĂłrdoba, Argentina

Rosario

119303The city of Rosario is located about 300 kilometers (186 mi) northwest of Buenos Aires and despite being the second largest city in Argentina, it provides a breath of fresh air. Sprawling along the ...
City
Rosario, Argentina

The Best Hikes & Climbs in Argentina

Hiking

139954Another popular way to explore the Estero del Iberá is by hiking. Near the Reserva Provincial Iberá’s Centro de Visitantes Agua Brillante are three trails. Behind it are the Sendero del Cerrito, ...
Hiking
Colonia Pellegrini, Esteros Del Iberá, Argentina

Parque Municipal Llao Llao

124101The Parque Municipal Llao Llao is a 1,200-hectare national park within the larger Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. It is sandwiched between kilometers 26 and 31 of Circuito Chico. The park is a mix ...
Hiking
Llao Llao, Argentina

Hiking in Argentina

125582From scenic walks to technical climbs, Argentina offers a variety of excellent hiking opportunities. Although some trails are heavily populated, such as Mount Fitz Roy in the northern Chaltén area ...
Hiking
Argentina

Ice Trekking

The glaciers here beg to be climbed. Take a boat across Lago Viedma to Glaciar Viedma, the largest ice floe in Argentina. Two expeditions can be done here: the six-hour Viedma Glacier, in which you ...
Trekking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Climbing Cerro Uritorco

Cerro Uritorco is supposedly a hot spot for UFO sightings, but that shouldn't prevent superstitious travelers from making the climb. It takes about three hours to summit at 1,980 meters (6,496 ft) ...
Climbing
Capilla Del Monte, Argentina

Hiking Around El Rodeo

For many Catamarqueños, El Rodeo is a place to party down on hot summer weekends. But that’s not all this town offers. The surrounding Sierras de Ambato, cross-hatched by creeks, provide for ...
Trekking
San Fernando Del Valle De Catamarca, Argentina

Miradores De Darwin

\"I do not think I ever saw a spot, which appeared more secluded from the rest of the world, than this rocky crevice in the wide plain.\" - Charles Darwin, The Beagle Diary (December, 1833) During ...
Trekking
Near Puerto Deseado, Puerto Deseado, Argentina

Lago del Desierto

To most travelers, Lago del Desierto is just a sight along the trek across the border to Villa O’Higgins. But this lake is a destination unto itself. At Punta Sur on the south shore you can hike ...
Trekking
El Chaltén, Argentina

Tanti

Tanti, only 9 miles from the city, is a popular tourist destination that marks the jumping off point for many of Carlos Paz´ adventure tours.  It is an entryway to Los Gigantes mountains, ...
Climbing
Near Villa Carlos Paz, Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina

Cerro Catedral

About 19 km outside Bariloche and inside Nahuel National Park, Cerro Catedral is a striking image up through the clouds. The area has one of the biggest and most classic ski centers on the continent. ...
Climbing
Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi, Argentina

Trek to Cerro ChampaquĂ­

This climb can be accessed from La Cumbrecita, or from the eastern base of Villa Alpina. This is a good, mild climb, though it requires two days to complete. There is a refuge at Puesto Dominguez ...
Climbing
La Cumbrecita, The Calamuchita Valley , Argentina

National Parks and Reserves of Argentina

Parque Nacional Los Glaciares

Los Glaciares National Park is home to the largest ice caps in the southern hemisphere outside of Antarctica. This protected area was created in 1937 to preserve 724,000 hectares of rugged Argentine ...
National Park
Argentina

IguazĂş National Park

103628The main reason tourists come to the 67,620-hectare (167,093-ac) Parque Nacional IguazĂş is to see the impressive waterfalls. Approximately 908,499 liters (240,000 ga) of water surge over the more ...
City
IguazĂş National Park, Argentina

Parque Nacional Alerce Andino

The legendary Carretera Austral leaves from Puerto Montt, hugging the coast of Seno ReloncavĂ­. Just before the end of the first leg of the highway at Caleta La Arena, is Lenca, one of the entrances ...
City
Parque Nacional Alerce Andino, Chile

Parque Nacional Monte LeĂłn

Once upon a time AĂłnikenk (Tehuelche) tolderĂ­as (teepees) dotted this is Southern Patagonia landscape scattered with 3000-year-old archaeological remains. Later European colonists came to establish ...
National Park
Argentina

Quebrada del Condorito National Park

Quebrada del Condorito National Park is a wildlife reserve outside the city dedicated to the protection of the Andean Condor – an enormous species of vulture that is facing extinction. You can ...
National Park
Near Villa Carlos Paz, Villa Carlos Paz, The Punilla Valley , Argentina

Reserva Natural Sierra del Tigre

Some of the oldest mountains in the world make up this small natural reserve. Once the home of the original inhabitants of Tandil, the reserve is comprised of natural rock formations sit alongside ...
Eco-Tour, National Park
Tandil, Argentina

Parque Nacional de Arrayanes

123775The cinnamon-colored Arrayán trees (or Myrceugenella) only grow southern Argentina, and they flourish in the Seven Lakes area, home to the largest known specimens of Arrayanes on the planet. The ...
City Park
Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Parque Municipal Llao Llao

124101The Parque Municipal Llao Llao is a 1,200-hectare national park within the larger Parque Nacional Nahuel Huapi. It is sandwiched between kilometers 26 and 31 of Circuito Chico. The park is a mix ...
Hiking
Llao Llao, Argentina

Parque Nacional Lago Puelo

126553Approximately thirty minutes from El BolsĂłn is the small village of Lago Puelo and a national park of the same name. Originally created in 1937 as an annex of the neighboring Los Alerces National ...
Other Activity
El Bolson, Argentina

Parque Nacional Los Cardones

Parque Nacional Los Cardones has breathtaking views from altitudes varying between 2,700 meters (8,858 ft) and 5,000 meters (16,404 ft). A walk in this park brings you through an amazing landscape of ...
Other Activity
Cachi, Argentina

Parque Nacional Calilegua

Located to the east of San Salvador de Jujuy, Parque Nacional Calilegua covers 76,306 hectares of mountainous terrain that include faults, glens and very steep mountain ranges originating in the ...
Other Activity
Jujuy, Argentina
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